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George Tobolowsky

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Tyler Museum of Art
1300 South Mahon Avenue
Tyler, Texas 75701
United States

Company Description: Tyler, TX,The Tyler Museum of Art recently was notified it will receive a 2005 Museum Assessment Program Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library...   more

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  • degree , Business Administration
  • degree , law
  • law degree
  • degrees , business and law
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Museums, Galleries and Libraries | Dallas Art News, 7 Dec 2010 [cached]
The Shape of Things to Come Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at the Tyler Museum of Art
Tyler Museum of Art: Tobolowsky, 17 Aug 2010 [cached]
The Shape of Things to Come Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at TMA Tyler Museum of Art: Tobolowsky Tyler Museum of Art
Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at TMA
Texas sculptor George Tobolowsky is known for his dynamic repurposing of discarded metal pieces into energetic and compelling large-scale sculpture. Works weighing up to 3,000 pounds will be placed in and around the TMA, both inside the gallery and outside on the grounds. This exhibition was organized by Grace Museum, Abilene.
A Dallas native, George Tobolowsky earned business and law degrees from Southern Methodist University in the early 1970s. While there, he minored in sculpture and became life-long friends with his mentor, the renowned sculptor, James Surls. In the years following, Tobolowsky remained involved in the arts through personal collection and voluntary service to arts institutions, although his primary focus was on his corporate career. It wasn't until 2006 that the distinguished businessman and attorney had his first solo exhibition at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas. His work immediately captured the interest of the art world, and in the months following the exhibition, Tobolowsky began shifting his focus to life as an artist, exhibiting his unique works and creating new sculpture from his Mountain Springs, Texas studio, which is situated on his ranch.
"Tobolowsky has earned recognition in the world of contemporary art because his works recall a long legacy of steel sculpture while maintaining a uniquely new quality," says Kimberley Tomio, TMA Director.
While his works recall the legacy of past artists, Tobolowsky forges his own way, composing pieces that connect with a 21st century viewer. The artist's corporate background certainly colors his work, with titles like The Auditors and The 600 lbs Deal Breaker suggesting a humorous context to each piece.
In order to find materials, Tobolowsky visits metal scrap yards where he routinely picks up 1,000 to 2,000 pounds worth of raw material from vast heaps of discarded steel. The materials come from a variety of sources including machine and heavy-duty fabrication shops. These industrial castoffs are to some degree familiar to anyone who has observed a working engine or a large machine of some kind. Fan blades, gears, and coiling metal strips are transformed by Tobolowsky, who uses the materials to create works that are both familiar and foreign.
The public is invited to meet artist George Tobolowsky and listen as he discusses his works shown in the exhibition Form & Substance: The Art of George Tobolowsky. 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Tyler Museum of Art: GTOutdoorInstall, 16 Aug 2010 [cached]
TMA to Install Sculptures Weighing up to 3,000 Pounds Artist George Tobolowsky on Site for Installation Tyler Museum of Art: GTOutdoorInstall Tyler Museum of Art
Artist George Tobolowsky on Site for Installation
August 16, 2010 (TYLER, TX) - On Tuesday, August 17, the Tyler Museum of Art will install four large-scale sculptures by Texas artist George Tobolowsky on the Museum grounds adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus at 1300 South Mahon Avenue in Tyler. The installation process will begin after 1:00 p.m., and the artist will be available for questions beginning at 2:30 p.m.
An 100-foot crane will be used to install the pieces, which weigh up to 3,000 pounds each. The sculptures are created from pieces of salvaged metal chosen by Tobolowsky from scrap yards and then assembled into dynamic, abstract sculpture.
George Tobolowsky - ..., 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
George Tobolowsky - Middle Gallery & Project Space
George Tobolowsky
A native of Dallas, Texas, George Tobolowsky earned his business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in the early 70s.
Tobolowsky has sustained an active involvement in the arts, as a board member of esteemed organizations including the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and the Library of Congress. Tobolowsky has been invited to participate in several museum shows and exhibitions over the years and his work is in many public and private collections. George Tobolowsky Sculpture, 17 Aug 2010 [cached]
George Tobolowsky Sculpture
The work entitled "Obsolescence" by the acclaimed sculptor George Tobolowsky, is an eye-catching piece formed mainly out of "found" materials.
Tobolowsky is a Dallas native who earned degrees in business and law from SMU in the 1970s but found his true pleasure while minoring in sculpture. He is a well-known member of such esteemed organizations as the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and the Library of Congress, but he also will be part of an important event taking place for the Abilene arts community this fall.
Sept. 17 and 18, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council will be holding its 30th Outdoor Sculpture exhibition. The first-ever exhibition was in April 1981 as part of the city's centennial celebration and it has become a major part of the Abilene arts calendar since then.
James Surls, a world renowned modern sculptor and original participant in the 1981 exhibition, will curate and participate in the show, along with such artists as Charmaine Locke, Tai Pomora, Laura Scandrett, Sherry Owens, Tara Conley and, of course, Tobolowsky himself.
George Tobolowsky Sculpture
"The Road Through Texas," a recently installed sculpture by Dallas artist George Tobolowsky, sits outside the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council building.
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